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Hallidie Building
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The Hallidie Building in 1981
Location San Francisco, CA
Built 1918
Architect Willis Polk
NRHP reference No. 71000185
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Added to NRHP November 19, 1971

The Hallidie Building is an office building in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, at 130 Sutter Street, between Montgomery Street and Kearny Street. Designed by architect Willis Polk and named in honor of San Francisco cable car pioneer Andrew Smith Hallidie, it opened in 1918 and though credited as the first American building to feature glass curtain walls, it was in fact predated by Louis Curtiss's Boley Clothing Company building in Kansas City, Missouri, completed in 1909.

The building underwent a two-year restoration, completed in April 2013, after its sheet metal friezes, cornices, balconies, and fire escapes were deemed unsafe by the City of San Francisco's Department of Building Inspection.

The San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects has its offices in the Hallidie Building and is renovating the concrete street-level retail space, which predates the rest of the building, to add a gallery, lecture hall, and cafe, to open in 2021. The building also houses AIGA, the Center for Architecture + Design, Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc., and Coordinated Resources, Inc.

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